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Nigerian Stars Set to Shine at New York City Grand Prix

Tobi Amusan will be leading a strong contingent of Nigerian athletes to the New York City Grand Prix on June 8-9, 2024.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 4th June 2024
New York City Grand Prix

Nigerian athletes are poised to make a significant impact at the upcoming New York City Grand Prix, taking place June 8th-9th. This prestigious event serves as a crucial stepping stone on the road to the highly anticipated Paris Olympic Games.


Leading the charge is World Record holder Tobi Amusan, who will dominate the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Fresh off her record-breaking performance of 12.40 seconds, Amusan faces a fierce competition featuring former World Record holder Kendra Harrison, 60-meter champion Devynne Charlton, reigning world champion Danielle Williams, and world number two Tonea Marshall. This high-caliber field promises an electrifying race, where Amusan has the potential to secure another historic victory.


Amusan in the spotlight is Favour Ofili, who will set her sights on a top performance in the women’s 100-meter race. Her ultimate goal is to clinch an automatic qualification spot for the Paris Olympics. While Ofili narrowly missed the mark at the recent Edwin Moses Legends meet, clocking 11.2 seconds and finishing fifth, the New York City Grand Prix offers a fresh opportunity for success.


Favor Ofili


A competitive field featuring her training partner Aleia Hobbs, alongside American sprint stars Gabby Thomas and Morolake Akinosun, is expected to push Ofili to her limits and potentially propel her towards securing her ticket to Paris.


Udodi Onwuzurike is another Nigerian athlete ready to make his mark in the men’s 100-meter event. He faces a formidable opponent in former world champion Fred Kerley. While Onwuzurike seeks his first win of the season and a sub-10-second finish, his impressive performance at the Racers Grand Prix last weekend (finishing second in the 200-meter event) hints at his potential for a strong showing in New York.


Udodi Onwuzurike


Finally, National Record holder Chioma Onyekwere will take the field in the women’s discus throw. Eager to get her season on track, Onyekwere will compete against a respectable group of athletes. Her primary focus remains securing her qualification for the Olympic Games.

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